The right-hander is likely to play in Rangpur Riders' next match Saturday against Sylhet Sixers, and the South African said he is hoping to turn the tables around for the Riders
South Africa master blaster AB de Villiers is delighted to take part in the BPL for the first time, and hoped for some fireworks while batting for his team, Rangpur Riders.
Rangpur had an optional practice session at Sylhet District Stadium, and De Villiers trained after arriving in Sylhet Thursday.
The right-hander is likely to play in Rangpur’s next match Saturday against Sylhet Sixers, and the South African said he is hoping to turn the tables around for the Riders.
“I love coming to Bangladesh. I haven’t been here for a while. We got a really nice team in the Rangpur Riders. We haven’t played as of yet, but hoping to turn it around and finish well in the tournament,” said De Villiers to the media after training.
“I have heard good things about BPL. I have guys at the IPL what it’s like, and they said quality of cricket is fantastic. It is a tournament that’s growing from strength to strength every year. I am very happy to be part of it this year,” he added.
On this day four years ago, (January 18, 2019) De Villiers broke the world record by scoring the fastest ODI century ever, against the West Indies.
@OfficialCSA master blaster @ABdeVilliers17 joined the @ridersofhope squad Thursday morning in Sylhet, ahead of their upcoming match against home team @SYLSixers Saturday.https://t.co/D0kv0fB2kR#CRICKET #ABDEVILLIERS #AB #DEVILLIERS #ABD #RANGPURRIDERS #RANGPUR #RIDERS #RRJanuary 17, 2019
De Villiers is one of the cleanest hitters of the cricket ball, along with super-improvising skills for which he is often called Mr 360.
Fans always expect aggressive batting from the shorter formats, and De Villiers said he is also hoping to play some explosive innings in BPL
“Expectations from fans motivate me to go out and play well. I have expectations throughout my career, so it is nothing new to me. The game of cricket is up and down. You can’t perform every game. I am also realistic about the sport. I don’t expect too much of myself. But I do expect some fireworks from time to time,” he said.
Defending champion Rangpur have won only twice out of six matches, and they have tough fixtures ahead in order to qualify for the play-offs.
But De Villiers believes Rangpur can be successful this year again with better performances.
“I haven’t played for them yet. Hopefully I will be playing my first game [Saturday], if selected. But it is a fantastic squad when looking at the names. It is a really well-balanced team. I know the Rangpur Riders have had some success in the past. If we can get bit of a run going towards the latter stages of the tournament, the last six games in the pool stage, hopefully we do qualify for the knockouts,” he added.